Bird-inspired names are among the most popular yoga pose names. If you've ever wondered where Pigeon, Eagle, Peacock, Swan, Crane, Heron, Rooster, or Partridge got their names, you aren't alone. You may've thought the yogi practicing the pose looks as if he or she could fly away at the height of the poses? Or you may have just assumed that the poses mimic the way a particular bird looks or behaves.
Actually, birds hold a special place in Hindu myth—they are the messengers of the gods. Since Hindu gods usually do not have wings, they ride on top of the flying creatures.